RAS Level 1 Phase 2 - August 2021

Closed 23 Aug 2021

Opened 2 Aug 2021


Nau mai, haere mai.

Welcome to Phase 2. We have reached the moment in the NCEA Change Programme process where the draft NCEA Level 1 subjects are ready for your review and feedback.

Your insights and ideas will help us refine these materials, so they are ready to be trialled by pilot kura and schools in 2022.

As you collaborate, keep in mind that we want to ensure our Level 1 subjects support well-being, equity, coherence, pathways and credibility – for students and teachers alike

How to collaborate/participate.

We have developed the survey so you can:

  • give a general response to a subject
  • give a detailed response to a subject and its specific materials
  • save and close the survey and come back to it when you are ready.

Why your views matter

What are we doing?

We would like to engage with a wide range of individuals and groups on the second phase of NCEA Level 1 subject development in the Review of Achievement Standards. This phase of development focused on reviewing the Phase 1 materials based on feedback and developing draft Achievement Standards and other assessment materials.

After we have considered your feedback and made revisions, these materials will be tested in a pilot phase to see how well they work in practice and will then undergo final strengthening and development. We will use your feedback to better understand what works well and what might need adjusting to make the materials testable by the pilot schools.

How to answer this survey

The time this survey takes will vary depending on how long you take to review the material and the number of sections or questions you choose to answer. You may save and close the survey at anytime and come back to it, however your answers will not be received until you click “end and submit”.

Read through the draft subject content on NCEA.Education.govt.nz. If you took part in the survey on the Phase 1 draft materials, you will see the Phase 1 content has been revised and there is now more detail and new materials you won’t have seen before. These are listed below.

Click on the Subjects tab towards the top left of the screen and select the subject(s) you would like to review. Each subject page has four tabs:

  • Learning
  • Teaching
  • Assessment
  • Subject Glossary

The LEARNING tab contains:

  • Subject Learning Matrix which shows the Significant Learning for the subject.
  • Further information explaining how the Learning Matrix and Achievement Standards were developed and further information and guidance around learning in the subject.

The TEACHING tab contains:

  • Course Outlines (3 for most subjects) to demonstrate how the Learning Matrix can be used to create a coherent, year-long programme of learning, including possible assessment opportunities for the four Standards These are a possible guide for how a year-long learning programme could be developed

The ASSESSMENT tab contains:

  • Achievement Standards which show the Significant Learning that will be assessed. There will be four per subject, two internal and two external. Conditions of Assessment are provided for the internal assessments.
  • Internal Assessment Activities which contextualise the internal Standards and exemplify how they can be assessed. There are six of these in total, three examples for each internal Standard. These include Assessment Schedules and may include extra resources and teacher guidance.

The GLOSSARY tab contains

  • Definitions of potentially unfamiliar or technical terms.


Mana Ōrite mō te Mātauranga Māori

Ensuring equal status for mātauranga Māori is integral to the success of the NCEA Change Programme.   

As part of this survey, you will be asked to provide feedback on how well these materials support this key objective.  

Accessibility and inclusion 

Do these materials work for all ākonga?

  • Engagement: They enable ākonga to bring their language, culture and identities to the assessment.
  • Access and understanding: The language is mostly straightforward and unambiguous. 
  • Representation: Ākonga can see themselves in the assessment and succeed as themselves.
  • Action and expression: The assessments are clear about what to do and how to do it.

Looking after your information

We will use the information you provide to support the process to make revisions to the products. We will not be sharing your private information with any other person or organisation. Please do not provide any personal information in your responses to ensure that your responses are not identifiable.

Submissions, including names, and documents associated with the consultation process may be subject to an Official Information Act 1982 request and may therefore be released publicly. Where this is the case, careful consideration will be given to whether there are grounds under the Act to withhold information (e.g. where this is necessary to protect an individual's privacy).

A response to the collated feedback will be released proactively through the NCEA website once the process of analysing feedback is completed.

Thank you for taking the time to participate in this survey.